John Akinde

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John Akinde
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Akinde in March 2017
Personal information
Full name John Job Ayo Akinde [1]
Date of birth (1989-07-08) 8 July 1989 (age 31)
Place of birth Camberwell, England [2]
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) [3]
Position(s) Striker
Club information
Current team
Gillingham
Number 15
Youth career
000?–2006 Gravesend & Northfleet
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2006–2007 Gravesend & Northfleet 5 (2)
2007Whitstable Town (loan)
2007–2008 Ebbsfleet United 23 (8)
2007Margate (loan) 7 (0)
2007Whitstable Town (loan) 9 (7)
2008–2011 Bristol City 16 (1)
2009Wycombe Wanderers (loan) 11 (7)
2009–2010Wycombe Wanderers (loan) 6 (1)
2010Brentford (loan) 2 (0)
2010–2011Bristol Rovers (loan) 14 (0)
2011Dagenham & Redbridge (loan) 9 (2)
2011–2013 Crawley Town 31 (1)
2012Dagenham & Redbridge (loan) 5 (0)
2013 Portsmouth 11 (0)
2013–2014 Alfreton Town 43 (18)
2014–2018 Barnet 166 (87)
2018–2020 Lincoln City 68 (20)
2020– Gillingham 53 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 12:58, 10 May 2021 (UTC)

John Job Ayo Akinde (born 8 July 1989) is an English professional footballer who plays for League One club Gillingham.

Contents

Career

Akinde's youth career started at Tottenham.[ citation needed ] He signed for Bristol City following the first ever transfer decided by a fans poll, in this case by the members of MyFootballClub. [4] Prior to playing for Bristol City, Akinde played for Ebbsfleet United where he was a graduate of the club's academy under their previous name, Gravesend and Northfleet. In 28 league appearances for Gravesend/Ebbsfleet, Akinde scored 10 goals, he also won the FA Trophy with Ebbsfleet in the season before joining Bristol City, laying on the winning goal in the final at Wembley against Torquay United. He had a loan spell at Margate and two loan spells at Whitstable Town. [5]

Akinde playing for Bristol City in January 2010 John Akinde.jpg
Akinde playing for Bristol City in January 2010

He scored on his debut for Bristol City in a 2–2 draw against Plymouth Argyle. [6] Later in the season, Akinde signed for an initial month on loan to Wycombe Wanderers, on 11 March 2009. He also scored on his Wycombe debut, netting twice against Brentford in a 3–3 draw. Further goals against Barnet and Darlington led to the loan deal being extended until the end of the season.

On 13 November 2009, he returned to Wycombe Wanderers on a month's loan, this later being extended to two months, but he was recalled early by Bristol City on 7 January 2010. On 1 February 2010, Akinde joined Brentford on a month's loan, making two league appearances, one of which against former loan club Wycombe Wanderers.

He went out on loan for a fourth time in August 2010 when he joined Bristol Rovers in a deal scheduled to last until 5 January. [7] In January 2011 Akinde joined Dagenham & Redbridge on loan until the end of the season. [8]

On 27 May 2011, newly promoted Crawley Town beat off higher league competition to sign Akinde for the 2011–12 season. [9] He scored his first league goal for Crawley Town away to Shrewsbury Town at the New Meadow on 27 February 2012. [10] On 17 March 2012, Akinde joined fellow League Two side Dagenham & Redbridge on loan for the remainder of the season, along with Charlie Wassmer. [11] However, on 12 April 2012, Crawley recalled Akinde and fellow loanee Charlie Wassmer, to their push for promotion from League Two.

On 31 January 2013, Akinde was released by Crawley. [12] On 8 February, he joined Portsmouth in a month-to-month contract. [13] He made his debut a day later, against Bournemouth. [14]

Akinde was released by Portsmouth at the end of the season, after failing to score in his 11 appearances for Pompey. He signed for Alfreton Town in August 2013 on a one-year contract. [15] He made his debut against Kidderminster Harriers before scoring a hat-trick in his second game as Alfreton beat Salisbury City 3–2. [16]

After 18 goals in 42 league games in 2013–14, Akinde joined Barnet on a two-year deal on 24 May 2014. [17] In his first season for the club he scored 31 league goals making him the division's top goal scorer, as Barnet won the Conference Premier. In the 2015–16 season, Akinde scored 23 goals, helping the team to a 15th-placed finish and finishing as the 3rd top goal scorer in the League. At the end of the season, Akinde signed a three-year-deal. [18] On 22 April 2017, Akinde scored his 48th English Football League goal for the Bees to become their highest-ever League goalscorer, surpassing Sean Devine's record. [19] He was transfer-listed by Barnet at the end of the 2017–18 season. [20]

On 6 July 2018, Akinde signed a three-year deal with League Two club Lincoln City, [21] and top scored for the Imps in the 2018–19 season as they won League Two. [22] On 24 January 2020 he joined League One side Gillingham for an undisclosed fee. [23] He made his debut for the club the following day in a 2–2 away league draw against Rochdale, where he provided an assist for Gillingham's second goal. [24] Akinde attracted a lot of interest in the January 2021 transfer window from Exeter City ,but nothing materialised, and he remained at Gillingham. [25]

Personal life

Akinde was born in England and is of Nigerian descent. [26] Akinde's brother Sam (born 1993) has also played at Ebbsfleet, Alfreton and Barnet. The brothers have played together at the latter two clubs. [27]

Career statistics

As of 9 May 2021 [28] [29] [30]
ClubSeasonLeague FA Cup League Cup OtherTotal
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Gravesend & Northfleet 2006–07 Conference National 52000052
Ebbsfleet United [note 1] 2007–08 Conference Premier 186004 [lower-alpha 1] 0226
2008–0952000052
Total28100000403210
Margate (loan) 2007–08 Isthmian Premier 70000070
Whitstable Town (loan) 2007–08 Isthmian D1S 97000097
Bristol City 2008–09 Championship 71000071
2009–10 702020110
2010–11 20001030
Total161203000211
Wycombe Wanderers (loan) 2008–09 League Two 117000000117
2009–10 League One 6100000061
Total178000000178
Brentford (loan) 2009–10 League One2000000020
Bristol Rovers (loan) 2010–11 14010003 [lower-alpha 2] 0180
Dagenham & Redbridge (loan) 2010–11 9200000092
Crawley Town 2011–12 League Two25120101 [lower-alpha 2] 0291
2012–13 League One6030111 [lower-alpha 2] 0111
Total311502120402
Dagenham & Redbridge (loan) 2011–12 League Two5000000050
Portsmouth 2012–13 League One110000000110
Alfreton Town 2013–14Conference Premier4318101 [lower-alpha 1] 14519
Barnet 2014–15Conference Premier4531321 [lower-alpha 1] 04933
2015–16 League Two432320211 [lower-alpha 2] 04824
2016–17 462600101 [lower-alpha 2] 04826
2017–18 327000000327
Total1668752313017790
Lincoln City 2018–19 [32] League Two451531212 [lower-alpha 2] 05217
2019–20 [33] League One23510203 [lower-alpha 2] 3298
Total68204141538125
Gillingham 2019–20 [33] League One9100000091
2020–21 [34] League One44720203 [lower-alpha 2] 0517
Total538202030608
Career total479162203143214534172
  1. 1 2 3 Appearances in the FA Trophy
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Appearance(s) in the Football League Trophy

Honours

Wycombe Wanderers

Crawley Town

Barnet

Lincoln City

Individual

Notes

  1. Gravesend & Northfleet changed their name to Ebbsfleet United prior to the 2007–08 season. [31]

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